Flora Barros, Helena Wolfenson, Veronica Deviá
Curated by Lina Sunish Vincent
Venue: SUKERKAR HOUSE, PANJIM
THREE TIMES A DAY AT THE VENUE
There will be a wall of photographs, taken by Helena during the residency, which will portray women in public and private spaces. The photos will emphasize how the female body relates with her environment. Elastic bands will be attached to the walls, creating connections and obstacles. The only way to move around the room is by finding the way through the elastics.
The performance will consist of a dancer (Flora Barros) in the center of the room moving in the space that will be created in the center of the intersection of the elastics. She will be moving inside the space, which will at the same time be a physical constraint and a metaphor for the pictures displayed in the room. The spectators are also part of the performance since they will be invited to displace the elastics, changing the space of the performance, transforming the space while the performance is happening.
The intention behind the elastics is to restrict the space of the dancer, who will have her movements constrained by an external force. The image of this confined woman will directly relate to the previous videos and images seen by the public, in order to start a reflection about the female subject in society, constantly restricted by sexist constructions of social spaces.
The performance is going to happen 3 or 4 times a day, according to public demand.
Flora Barros is a Brazilian contemporary dancer. She completed her BA (Hons) degree in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban, in London. Fascinated by different approaches to dance, Flora is interested in the fusion of different cultures and artistic expressions as well as the linkages between dance and social projects. Her interest for choreography started very early and she had the opportunity to perform her own works in U.K., Denmark, Italy and Brazil. In 2014/2015, she participated, in the one month residency of the Story of Light Festival in Goa.
She has worked with renowned choreographers, such as Matteo Fargion, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Willi Dorner, Lizzi Knew Ross, among others. Returning to Brazil in 2012, she entered in Diadema Dance Company, where she woked for 2 years and danced works from Ana Botosso, Claudia Palma, Denise Namura e Michael Budgham. In 2014 she became an actress in Pia Fraus Theatre Company. Since 2015, she is part of the cast of the Argentinian company Fuerza Bruta, touring in China, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
Helena Wolfenson has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication at PUC University in São Paulo. She started her professional life writing for Brasileiros magazine, an independent arts and politics publication. Later, she became the photo editor of Folha de S.Paulo, one of Brazil’s main media outlets. In 2011, she moved to NYC where she studied Photojournalism and Documentary at the International Center of Photography (ICP). In NYC, she worked closely with the photographer Mary Ellen Mark. She also worked for Brooklyn Magazine, Vice Media, Folha de S. Paulo and as a teaching assistant at ICP. Nowadays Helena is based in São Paulo, working as a photographer and videographer. She is finishing her first feature film which she directed and produced. A documentary titled “Mud Trace”, that tells the story of the social and ecological disaster that happened in Mariana, Brazil in November of 2015 through the eyes of two boys in their early 20’s.
Veronica Deviá has two undergraduate degrees (Journalism and Social Sciences) and a Masters in International Relations. She is a researcher in Gender Studies and her thesis theme is on the “Female Labour Force Participation in Developing Economies – A Study Case in Brazil and India”, which was presented at the International Studies Association in Baltimore (USA), in February 2017. Her paper “Closing the Gender Gap in BRICS” was also presented at the International Political Science Association Congress in Poznan (Poland), in June 2016.
Her previous work experiences are in journalism, where she worked as a cultural journalist with Brazilian and international media (Veja, Estadão, Vice, Café Babel, Vogue) and with institutions (SESC, Bienal de Arte de São Paulo, Columbia Global Center Latin America, Cultural Department at the French Embassy in São Paulo).
In the past years she was also involved in feminist activism, as a member of a thinktank of Women and Politics (GEPO). She is also an active member of a NGO for women empowerment (Mulheres do Brasil).
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